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Clin J Sport Med. 2011 Nov;21(6):474-9. doi: 10.1097/JSM.0b013e3182340199.

Immediate effects of a heel-pain orthosis and an augmented low-dye taping on plantar pressures and pain in subjects with plantar fasciitis.

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Human Movement Sciences, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia 23529, USA. bvanlune@odu.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To determine the effects of augmented low-dye (ALD) taping and a heel-pain orthosis (HPO) on pain, peak plantar pressure (PPP), and mean plantar pressure (MPP) while walking and jogging.

DESIGN:

Cross-over study design.

SETTING:

University clinical laboratory.

PARTICIPANTS:

Seventeen physically active or sedentary individuals with plantar fasciitis.

INTERVENTIONS:

Both PPP and MPP were evaluated after 45 seconds of walking and jogging during the 3 interventions (control, ALD, HPO) under 4 areas of the foot: lateral rearfoot and forefoot, and medial rearfoot and forefoot. Pain was assessed during each intervention (at 60-second mark) using the visual analog scale (VAS).

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES:

Peak plantar pressure, MPP, and VAS.

RESULTS:

The ALD produced a decrease in walking MPP (44.66 ± 14.46) under the lateral rearfoot compared with the control (57.92 ± 22.18; P = 0.024) and in jogging MPP (55.05 ± 18.27) compared with the control (67.22 ± 20.95; P = 0.002) and HPO (68.51 ± 17.57; P = 0.002). Scores of VAS decreased with the application of HPO (7.12 ± 10.08; P < 0.002 and 12.15 ± 15.61; P < 0.003) and ALD (6.24 ± 5.71; P < 0.006 and 10.09 ± 8.87; P < 0.001) while walking and jogging when compared with the control (17.32 ± 17.86 and 26.65 ± 22.38).

CONCLUSIONS:

Although the HPO and ALD produced statistically and clinically decreased VAS scores while walking and jogging, further research is needed beyond these preliminary findings to determine long-term outcomes related to pain relief.

PMID:
22011796
DOI:
10.1097/JSM.0b013e3182340199
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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